We don’t know about anyone else but Pearl Harbor is on my bucket list to one day visit. Anything that has to do with this major historical event captivates our attention immediately. Pearl Harbor was a kid’s paradise! Until everything changed. A true story told with humor — and nothing but the truth written by Y York, the prolific author of 36 plays. Her official bio is brief: “Y York writes all the time.” Nothing Is the Same is fictional, with invented characters, although the playwright was informed by oral histories of those who lived through the turbulent era’s events.
War arrives, and Nothing Is the Same. December 7, 1941. Four 11-year-olds, George, Mits, Daniel and Bobi, live on the island of O`ahu. They play marbles and peewee, go to school and church, swim in the river and at the beach. Japanese planes, on their way to Pearl Harbor, bomb their small town. Hawaii, like the rest of America, is at war. Their games are interrupted, school is stopped, they must help their parents work, and they learn to wear gas masks and recognize a Japanese enemy. What does it mean that some of their neighbors, including Mits, are of Japanese descent? Are they the enemy? This comic drama traces what happens to friendship when it is challenged.
Nothing is the Same was the result of an oral history project supported by TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts. The play premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth after being developed at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. After touring for two seasons in Hawaii, the original production moved to Seattle Children’s Theatre for an additional three months.
Tim Dang directs. Mr. Dang is Producing Artistic Director Emeritus, of East West Players, guiding that group from 1993 through 2016, making himself and his company among the most highly regarded in the Los Angeles theatrical community. He is the recipient of Ovation Awards for directing Pacific Overtures and for directing and producing Sweeney Todd. He received numerous awards for direction, production and performance from Backstage West and Drama-Logue. He has directed 38 shows in an astonishingly prolific career. He has also been a playwright and lyricist (co-writing Nisei Widows Club, Canton Jazz Club, Beijing Spring). His numerous honors include Tim Dang Day (L.A. City Council); Local Hero of the Year (KCET/Union Bank); Top 100 Asian Americans of the Decade (A. Magazine); Leadership Award (James Irvine Foundation); Zelda Fichandler Award (Society of Directors and Choreographers); many, many more. Tim will continue to initiate and innovate diversity and inclusion across the American theatre.
Scenic design: Tesshi Nakagawa. Lighting design: Derek Jones. Sound design: Howard Ho. Costume design: Tanya Apuya. Graphic design: Mary Cox. Hula design/ Dialect consultant: Kelsey Chock.
Dates & Times:
Every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through March 4. Tickets are $30 general admission, seniors (65+) $27 and youth (20 and under) $20.
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Location: Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre.